The restaurant is small – just a one square room, with lots of windows. It is adjacent to a small strip mall and there is plenty of free parking. It was fairly empty for the lunch hour; only two other patrons in the restaurant when I arrived, and a third table of three entered during our meal.
Taipei Gourmet offers the standard Chinese lunch specials ($8), but the Taiwanese section of the menu is where you should direct your attention. We shared a lunch of soup dumplings ($7), salt and pepper fried chicken ($7) and noodles w/ ground pork in Peking sauce ($8).
Kim had never tried soup dumplings before, so it was fun to teach her to gently nibble at the skin, slurp out the soup and then eat the dumpling. I felt the skins were on the thick side, but filling was tasty and the soy dipping sauce with the razor thin julienned ginger was perfect.
I was worried when the chicken arrived; it looked dry and over cooked, but I was wrong, the heavily seasoned chicken was moist and tender – like grown up chicken strips.
I’m sad I forgot to take a picture of the noodles. I thought they were delicious. They were toothsome and satisfying. Kim thought the sauce was too sweet, but I liked it. The generous serving left me enough to take home for a second meal.
The two waitresses never let my water glass go empty and the prices are extremely reasonable. They even gave Kim a 10% discount for paying in cash (Thanks again for lunch, Kim!). It is a 5 minute drive to Wilson farms, making it a perfect afternoon outing.